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Don't Just Set Fitness Goals, Achieve It With Smartness

The dream to be fit and have in possession of tip-top body shape is a dream of people across the globe. Some people will admit it, some won’t. Sometimes, to make this dream come true, we take action (as a reaction of some subversive motivational videos or text) and get ourselves enrolled in a gym or yoga class, eat healthy (and tasteless) food, forcefully digest bitter juice of bitter gourd, and whatnot. But it barely lasts for long-term. Within months, we tend to drop out. The “we” here is most of you and me.

So, why does this happen to most people? Why do we fail to achieve our grand fitness dream? At the end of the day, even after a high dose of motivation, why do we choose to ignore the fitness goal we set in just some days ago? Probably because of the urge for laziness or the cravings for fatty and sugary food items. Or, because it is boring and feels like pain with no gain.

But the fitness dream ain't big, rather it is just the default mode we are supposed to be in. What makes it big and complicated is the lifestyle changes as we become desk-bounded, grown-ups. We choose a lifestyle that is an open invitation to disease and problems indirectly affecting our health and well-being. And, I must say that “health is wealth” is not just a generic advice people distribute one another freely. It is a truism and every conscious mind knows that. But that what is obvious is also easily forgettable. Therefore, we forget this wealth we already possess.

However, technology can help you remember your most valuable wealth. With smart devices up in the market, you can easily monitor your health and enhance your fitness. Actually, fitness enthusiasts are already doing it with products such as smartwatch or fitness band, which is a longstanding product, probably the first fitness tracker of a kind available in India, compared to other products in the evolving smart home market. But, they are also becoming better with the addition of some more useful features.

The major features of a wearable fitness tracker which I found of profound use are:


Steps Counter

Walking is the most effortless, most affordable and very effective exercise if done regularly. The pedometer in the device helps you track how many steps you walked, just like an odometer in a vehicle. Besides, it can also track your walking speed and altitude from the sea level.

Heartbeat Monitor

The band strapped on the wrist can track the heartbeat and monitor its health. For people with diagnosed heart problems, this becomes a must-have item. It allows you to not let your pulse rise to an abnormal level during workouts. To change improve something, first, you need to accept and monitor it. Not every fitness band has this feature.

Calorie Meter

Another important feature that most of the fitness band provides is to measure the calories you consume and burn during your routine. For example, if you ate high-calorie aloo ka paratha (potato based flatbread toasted with fat) for your dinner, it may suggest you go for a walk. It'll also remind you next morning to burn more calories.

Sleep Monitor

For your mind and your body to function optimally, you need proper sound sleep. Therefore, the latest models of fitness trackers come with a unique sleep monitor that aims to track the number of hours you sleep. They can even judge your sleep quality and tell you whether you are sufficiently rested or not. They tell you how much sleep you optimally need in order to stay healthy.

Setting Fitness Goals

Besides functioning as a personal trainer to you by reminding the fitness goal you set in, it also keeps a log of your activities and reports you the same. It also vouches for the shortcomings your current plan has, if any, giving you a better plan. You only need to take it seriously.

Personally, I use fitness band for measuring how many steps I walked, as calorie meter, and as inactivity reminder. The tiny device also has features to get notifications directly from your smartphone, but I don't use it too often as it's distracting, especially while travelling.

Smart wearable like fitness bands is a great tool available in India and is becoming more affordable too. It is also very popular as a fashion accessory. We may see more products in this segment like smart shoes, smart shirts, etc. Some of them are already available outside India. These trackers can be a game-changer in making fitness a habit, if not an addiction, turning this boring exercise into an exciting game. It helps you to keep in shape and ensure that you don’t cheat on your fitness plans. It thus checks the lazy you and brings forth the healthy you.



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